Bar Model Method for Problem Solving in Math

  • Date: 10/06/2009
Melania Alvarez (PIMS)

VSB Education Centre - Room 108


The main purpose of this workshop is to show how the Bar Model method can be used not only as a problem solving technique, but also to develop in students a deeper understanding of fundamental concepts in mathematics. By using the Bar Model students are able to construct a pictorial representation of known and unknown quantities and their relationships in a problem, and develop their abilities in problem solving and mathematical thinking. The Bar Model Method is a key feature of the Singapore mathematics curriculum, which has received increasing attention since Singapore attained first place in TIMSS in 1995, 1999 and 2003.


While the examples will centre on grades 4-7 work, the workshop is suitable for teachers of all grade levels. This is the first of 3 workshops. The dates of the two follow-up sessions will be announced later.


The workshop will be presented by Melania Alvarez-Adem from the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. Melania is an experienced presenter who is very familiar with the Bar Method.


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Workshop 1: October 6, 2009

Workshop 2: TBA

Workshop 3: TBA

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